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July 26, 2002

Williamsburg Symphonia announces subscription series at Kimball Theatre

The Williamsburg Symphonia, now entering its 19th season, is pleased to announce programs for the 2002-2003 subscription series at the Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square. New this year will be the addition of internationally acclaimed violinist Nina Beilina, who joins the orchestra—both as performer and coach—in the official role of Artist-in-Residence. Beilina, who emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1976, has earned critical accolades as one of the finest violinists today and has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras and chamber orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

The 2002-2003 series will offer five concerts under the direction of Musical Director and Conductor Ruben Vartanyan, who celebrates his 11th year as conductor of the Symphonia chamber orchestra. Previously, he has served as: assistant conductor-in-training to Herbert von Karajan at the Vienna State Opera, conductor of the Bolshoi Opera, assistant conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic, music director of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and of the Bolivian National Symphony, and music director and conductor of the Arlington, Va., Symphony.

“The Williamsburg Symphonia has prepared another great season of concerts,” said Jeanne Zeidler, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of community cultural affairs at the Kimball Theatre. “We are very pleased to be partners with the Symphonia in presenting such high quality musical experiences on Merchants Square to our community and to our visitors.”

Schedule of 2002-2003 Concert Series:


  • Sept. 13 and 14-Purcell, Chacony in G minor; Bartok, Music for strings, percussion and celesta; Beethoven, Concerto for violin; Violin soloist: Nina Beilina;


  • Nov. 8 and 10-Mozart, Eine kleine Nachtmusik; J.S. Bach, Oboe concerto in D minor; Dvorak, Notturno; Tchaikovsky, Serenade; Oboe soloist: Michael Lisicky;


  • Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 12-Mozart, Symphony No. 40; Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors; Vocalists: Michael Ford, Eugene Galvin, Ann Ory Brown and the Opus II Boys Choir;


  • March 14 and 15-Beethoven, Symphony No. 4; Glazunov, Concerto for alto saxophone; Ibert, Concertino da camera; Saxophone soloist: Gary Louie; and


  • May 16 and 17-Roussel, Le Festin de l’araignée (The spider’s feast); Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1; Schumann, Piano concerto in A minor; Piano soloist: Ralitza Patcheva.
    All concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m. with the exception of two matinee performances on Dec. 7 and 8, which are scheduled for 2 p.m. All dates, times and soloists are subject to change.

    For more information, contact the Williamsburg Symphonia at 229-9857.

    Media Contact:
    Sophia Hart
    (757) 220-7272



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